Smoking, alcohol, and drug misuse

Alcohol misuse: how to help patients in primary care

Approximately one in five New Zealanders over the age of 15...

May 2016

Managing frequently encountered mental health problems in young people: non-pharmacological strategies

Young people experience a variety of mental health conditions....

December 2015

Addressing mental health and wellbeing in young people

This is the first of a series of articles which will examine...

October 2015

Smoking cessation - helping patients stick with it, until they quit

Nicotine addiction is a disorder that should be considered at...

October 2015

Overuse of benzodiazepines: still an issue?

Benzodiazepines may be considered as a short-term treatment...

March 2015

Essentials for people with COPD

The interventions with the greatest potential to prevent further...

March 2015

Research updates

Shorter courses of oral corticosteroids for the management of...

March 2015

Identifying and managing addiction to opioids

The increased use of opioid analgesics in recent years, particularly...

October 2014

Smoking cessation beyond the ABC: Tailoring strategies to high-risk groups

Smoking rates are declining in New Zealand as more and more...

October 2014

Upfront: “A disaster in the making”: it’s time to take action against misuse of oxycodone

Dr Jeremy McMinn is a consultant psychiatrist and addiction...

June 2014

The elite athlete-patient: a fresh clinical challenge

Associate Professor David Gerrard is a sports physician at the...

October 2013

Smoking prevention and cessation in adolescents: Changing futures, saving lives

On average, New Zealanders who smoke try their first cigarette...

June 2013

Encouraging smoke-free pregnancies: the role of primary care

One in ten New Zealand women smoke during pregnancy and this...

February 2013

Update on oxycodone: what can primary care do about the problem?

The volume of oxycodone prescribed in New Zealand is continuing...

May 2012

Diagnosis and management of COPD in Māori and Pacific peoples

COPD disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific peoples...

April 2012

PHO Performance Programme - six years on

The PHO Performance Programme was established in 2005 to improve...

December 2011

Smoking status and cessation support

The PHO Performance Programme aims to improve health and reduce...

November 2011

News in brief: Varenicline: amendments to Special Authority funding

Brief details on Varenicline use and changes to the special...

August 2011

Oxycodone use still increasing

Oxycodone is a strong opioid used for the treatment of moderate...

June 2011

The fear of enabling; misuse of prescription medicines

Misuse of prescription opioids is increasing worldwide and many...

June 2011

The nutritional management of unintentional weight loss in people with COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle...

May 2011

News in brief

Changes to nicotine replacement therapy prescriptions | Topical...

February 2011

Update on smoking cessation

The rate of smoking among New Zealanders is slowly declining,...

December 2010

Investigation of hazardous drinking

Approximately 20–25% of New Zealanders consume alcohol at a...

November 2010

Substance misuse and addiction in Māori

It is estimated that substance misuse and other addictions are...

June 2010

Smoking related cancer morbidity and mortality

The majority of people with cancer will initially present to...

December 2009

Nicotine replacement therapy prescription changes

Details of changes to the funding/availability of nicotine...

November 2009

Management of acute exacerbations of COPD in primary care

An update on COPD; acute exacerbations management, adapted...

September 2009

Free smoking cessation training for health professionals

Akoranga aukati kai paipaA brief overview of how and where to...

July 2009

Practice tips: Bupropion colchicine & first void urine

Quick tips

July 2009

Smoking cessation for Māori

Te aukatinga kai paipa Encouraging Māori who smoke to...

July 2009

Smoking cessation - Pharmacological therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy, nortriptyline, bupropion and varenicline...

April 2009

Getting the most out of nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is not a magic cure but it...

April 2009

The social responsibility of smokers

While people continue to smoke, they must be aware of the health...

April 2009

Why people smoke

There are many reasons why people begin smoking, continue to...

February 2009

The science behind lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease

When advice is provided to patients about reducing cardiovascular...

December 2008

Anticholinergics for COPD

Two recent studies have raised concern that the use of ipratropium...

December 2008

Prescription drug misuse: how to identify and manage drug seekers

Although an increasing problem in general practice, identifying...

September 2008

The nutritional management of weight loss in COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle...

August 2008

Snippets: Varenicline & Smoking

Varenicline and suicidal behaviour. Wider access to quit cards.The...

May 2008

COPD in primary care: reminder and update

Managing COPD continues to be a major feature of primary care,...

December 2007

Update of New Zealand smoking cessation guideline

The recently overhauled New Zealand smoking cessation guideline...

December 2007

Best tests: Liver function testing

A summary of Liver function testing in primary care including:
• Questionaires...

August 2007

Dear Dave

Can smoking cessation affect the dose of antipsychotics?Do statins...

February 2007

COPD update

Tiotropium is an effective option | Long acting beta agonists...

October 2006

COPD Practice Nurses Guide

A guide for practice nurses on COPD covering spirometry, smoking...

May 2005

COPD POEM

The aim of these POEMs is to increase the safety and effectiveness...

April 2005

Non-evidential laboratory testing for drug use in adolescents

On occasion, an adolescent may present at their general practice...

March 2012

Substance misuse in adolescents: alcohol, cannabis & other drugs

The risk of injury or death during adolescence is two to three...

February 2012

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